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Mod Lyset, Copenhagen

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Towards the Light or originally Mod Lyset (in Danish) made by provocative Danish sculptor Rudolph Tegner and known as his most controversial work, a monument to the physician and Nobel Laureate Niels Finsen, which was installed in Copenhagen in 1909. The impressive figurative work is created from granite and bronze and shows three figures, a man flanked by a pair of naked women, straining their bodies upwards towards the sun. The sculpture symbolizes Finsen's principal scientific theory, that specific wavelengths of sunlight have healing properties.

The extreme body language of the sculpture has been said to have been inspired in part by the writings of philosopher Friedrich Nietzche on the healthy and strong person, juxtaposed with Finsen's own failing and sickly physical self.

The sculpture shocked the conservative Danish art community but was defended by the writer and philosopher Georg Brandes.
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  • With in this moment of the regular visits in the major hospital in the city, we quickly the small corners of greenery and beauty in a climate always notice very positive. Few tourists probably going here - but if you spend, take the time to look at this sculpture. From the movement of Vitalism is appropriate near a place where hope comes not of faith and science. It consists of a man is tending idly to the sky as well as three women - all naked. The title of the sculpture is "towards the light" - which is pretty well chosen here! If we look closely we see that from dawn to afternoon sun will be located in front of the statue so that the arms are really tight in this sense. She has a massive and hard as it was in the air time - but also a positive message for those who enter the world of doctors.
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  • Several of the naked bodies are attracted to light. What I wanted to say a sculptor? It turns out the monument erected in honour of the famous Danish luminaries of medicine who developed the basic theory of phototherapy. The monument is located in the modern district, not far from the historical centre.
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